I wonder ... with some honesty and self-reflection that a semi-anonymous forum allows ... how do you teach and correct your students one on one?
A. Do I have in mind a most basic framework for a technique, observe the student's effort on repetition, correct what appears to be the largest repairable problem, and then observe more repetitions, going back over it until progress is made, and then move on to another suggestion? Do I remember to add positive feedback? Given that a beginner may perform a technique with wild differences between repetitions, do I observe a sort of average and work from there without correcting every move? Do I believe that many details come naturally if I have the right framework?
B. Or do I believe that details are really important, and do I offer to the student a list of things that he or she is doing incorrectly? Does only perfect practice make perfect and do I correct every small mistake before moving on? Are details important to teach from the beginning as there is nothing natural about judo?
Both have valid points.
I run into this a lot as I usually choose approach "A." Probably the way I phrase my questions more than implies that. Kind of like the "balanced reporting" I see on the local news channels.
To say that the head of our club is rather taciturn in his use of approach "A" is an understatement but his tendency to reserve his opinion works well. The person I refer to as "my sensei" also chose approach "A."
But sometimes it occurs that when I am using "A" another black belt will observe, on their turn take approach "B," and contradict the point I was trying to make with a flood of other criticisms. I no like that but sometimes beginners soak that up too. It is a common and traditional way of teaching judo.
Whadda ya thunk?